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The Top 10 Teas for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

herbal teasWhen you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.

Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Considering that we most often turn to herbal teas for healing purposes, it’s especially important to purchase or grow organic herbs for this purpose. If your leaves are bathed in pesticide and then you add them to boiling water, instead of healing goodness, you are steeping toxins. Continue reading

Lavendula, commonly known as Lavender – get it out of your cupboard

This beautiful plant is native to the Mediterranean, but it is also grown in northern and eastern Africa, and southern regions of Asia. Many varieties are cultivated extensively as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, however this versatile plant has been wildly used as culinary herb and is also known for its medicinal and health-enhancing properties, especially as essential oil.
lavender fieldIt grows best in dry well-drained, lime-rich soil and can reach more than 1 m in height.  Lavender is best harvested just before full blossoming on a dry mid-summer day.  To dry this wonderful herb, tie the stems together and hang upside down for several days.
The most common way to extract the essential oil from the lavender flower is distillation which involves the boiling and condensing of liquid. Continue reading